MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial Bar Council (JBC) released the names of qualified candidates to replace Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. who is retiring on August 8.
The list includes Supreme Court Administrator Midas Marquez Jr.; Court of Appeals Associate Justices Apolinario Bruselas Jr., Rosmari Carandang, Ramon Hernando, Ramon Garcia, Amy Lazaro-Javier, Jose C. Reyes; and former Ateneo Dean Cesar Villanueva.
The list is for submission to President Rodrigo Duterte. Whoever replaces Velasco will be Duterte’s 5th appointee to the High Court.
The president is also expected to appoint the next chief justice and ombudsman in the coming months.
The application for the next SC Chief Justice is now open and among the automatic candidates are Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, Associate Justices Teresita De Castro, Lucas Bersamin and Samuel Peralta.
They may or may not accept the nomination until the end of the application period which is on July 26. 2018. — Mai Bermudez / Marje Pelayo
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